Minister Rachel Macarthy, Director of Finance and Administration
As the school’s chief executive, Minister Macarthy oversees the administration of the entire New Covenant Christian School System and ensures that all 3 campuses run smoothly. A product of Christian School education herself, Minister Macarthy completed her elementary and secondary education at New Covenant Christian School. Fueled by a firm belief in the value of a Christ-centered education from her own experiences, she has served as school administrator at New Covenant for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from Howard University and is an ordained Minister at New Covenant Christian Church.
Ms. Sylvia Cleare, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Cleare monitors the day-to-day operational affairs of the schools to allow Principals to focus more narrowly on providing a sound educational program with academic rigor. She too is a graduate of New Covenant Christian School but has undertaken her academic journey in a variety of Christian educational environments. Prior to joining the administrative team of New Covenant Christian School, she worked in various supervisory roles where she was responsible for human resource management, marketing logistics, and customer service. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Administration from Liberty University.
Mrs. Verna Blake, Principal of Northeast Bronx Campus (Pre-K 3 through Grade 5)
Mrs. Blake has been a key staff member of New Covenant Christian School for over 18 years, first serving as an elementary school teacher. With her many years of teaching experience and passion for Christian school administration, she became Principal of the Northeast Campus in 1998. During her tenure, a preschool division has been added, and the Northeast campus has enjoyed Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) funding from the New York City Department of Education for nine consecutive years. She holds a Masters Degree in School Administration from the College of New Rochelle and is a Licensed School Administrator.
Ms. Maria Cordero, Principal of Central Bronx Campus (Pre-K 3 through Grade 2)
The Central Bronx site is a bilingual and multi-cultural campus that demanded the unique skill set that Ms. Cordero offers. Ms. Cordero has been a part of the New Covenant Christian School staff for over ten years, working diligently to advance the School’s mission in the central Bronx. She is a graduate of Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education, with Permanent Licensure as a School Administrator by the New York State Department of Education.
Mrs. Margo Manbode, Principal of South Bronx Campus (Grades 6 – 12)
Mrs. Manbode is an experienced educator having developed and implemented several academic programs for junior high and high school students throughout New York City. As the Senior Account Executive at Covenant House New York, she was charged with employment development for five school-based programs, five community Centers, and three homeless shelters. As a Program Director at CAMBA, she ran both a Young Adult Borough Center and a Learning to Work Center assisting 600 high school students secure requirements to earn their high school diploma and gain valuable work experience before graduating. Mrs. Manbode is a graduate of Nyack College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Psychology. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.
Mrs. Marcia Mark, Principal of South Bronx Campus – Early Childhood Learning Center (Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten)
Mrs. Mark started her early career as an assistant teacher at New Covenant Christian School in the Kindergarten classroom in 1988. It was here that she discovered her true calling and God-given talents. After a seventeen-year career as an elementary school teacher where she taught the first grade for most of those years, Mrs. Mark was tapped to head the Early Childhood Learning Center of New Covenant Christian School in 2005. Mrs. Mark holds dual roles in this school: she is the Principal as well as a teacher in the School’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program. Marcia Mark is also a member of New Covenant Christian Church, where she enjoys working in the Youth Ministry. She holds a B.A in Sociology/Early Childhood Minor and an M.S in Childhood Education from Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx.